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NC group: Panel, not lawmakers, to draw districts

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A bi-partisan group says it is time to stop allowing politicians to draw new congressional and legislative districts every decade so they stay in power. Full story...
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Edwards juror issue arises; case stops for weekend

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The judge in the John Edwards trial says she is dealing with a juror issue and she is warning the panel not to deliberate outside the jury room or in small groups. Full story...
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NC gov's race heats up with litigation over TV ad

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Pat McCrory's gubernatorial campaign and political committees behind a television commercial that McCrory wants off the air have filed competing legal actions in a North Carolina court. Full story...
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Butler leads "Caravan Against Hate"

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Deb Butler, candidate for North Carolina Senate, will lead a cross-state caravan to Newton, NC for the “Love, Not Hate” protest against a recent sermon by Rev. Charles Worley in which he advocated placing homosexuals in death camps. Full story...
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Anti-annexation bills clear another hurdle in Raleigh

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video Forced annexation may soon be dead in North Carolina. The state House of Representatives voted today to move forward with two bills that would give residents a voice in the decision. Full story...
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City to host third meeting on ballpark plan

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The City of Wilmington will hold another public meeting on plans for a ballpark Tuesday night. Full story...
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NC House panels roll out spending adjustments

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A North Carolina budget subcommittee recommends a two-thirds reduction in the amount of money local school districts would be required to return to state government next year. Full story...
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Jury in John Edwards trial asks for 20 exhibits

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The jury in the John Edwards campaign-finance fraud trial is asking to see about 20 more evidence exhibits during its fifth day of deliberations. Full story...
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NC Medicaid gap fix given final legislative OK

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The Legislature has given final approval to a method to close a shortfall in North Carolina's Medicaid program this year that also contains a provision to slow efforts to privatize medical services for prisoners. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Developers quiet a day after mayor criticizes ballpark plan

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video One day after Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said the proposal for a ballpark is not a good one for the city, many of the main players who pitched the plan are MIA. We contacted the private developers, Mandalay Baseball and the Atlanta Braves and got very little response. Full story...
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Jurors end 4th day of talks at John Edwards trial

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The jury has ended a fourth day of deliberations without reaching a verdict at the campaign finance trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards. Full story...
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NAACP state chief back at Legislative Building

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The leader of a North Carolina civil rights group arrested last year for disrupting a House session says he and others are back at the Legislative Building to ensure lawmakers work to benefit all citizens and not a privileged few. Full story...
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NC amendment banning same-sex marriage in effect

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North Carolina's constitutional amendment slamming the door on same-sex marriages is now in effect. But the debates on its full meaning continue. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Commissioner Berger's house in foreclosure, to be auctioned off

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New Hanover County Commissioner Brian Berger's house is being foreclosed according to a notice posted this week in the Lumina News. It will also be auctioned off at the New Hanover County Courthouse on May 29 at 10 a.m. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 & THE BIG TALKER FM: Mayor Saffo won't support baseball proposal

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In an exclusive interview this morning on The Big Talker FM with Chad Adams, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says he and other city council members cannot support the baseball stadium proposal pitched to them two weeks ago. Coming up on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 5:30, we'll talk with the StarNews's Shannan Bowen about a recent survey the paper did on public support of a new baseball stadium. Full story...
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